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 GLOBETROTTING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Guests take a one hour flight north from Vancouver to reach this exclusive, mountain lodge that sits beside the wild Chilko River that is the life force to this remote region of British Columbia. A family owned lodge, guests feel instantly at home with the sweet-as-maple-syrup hosts and guides, cosy log cabins, intelligent horses and breath-taking surrounds.

With the 7 night lodge riding package, no two days are the same, with thousands upon thousands of pristine Alpine forest to explore every day brings a new adventure from the back of your horse. Each season has its own X-factor from spring with the blossoming of the wild flowers that carpet the mountains and river flats to Autumn where the trees burn bright with amber and the wild salmon run. Not to forget the Grizzly Bears that roam these parts, they’re a tourist attraction in their own rite!

Throughout the riding week the rides get progressively longer to challenge riding guests and to fulfil their need for speed. Not only is the riding first class but when guests are out of the saddle they have the option to perch at the bar and sample some Canadian lager, kayak up the river for some grizzly bear spotting, soak in the hot tub on the deck or try their hand at fly fishing.

The photo opportunities are some of the best in the world, amidst rugged glaciers, mountain meadows, alpine flowers, crystal clear lakes, streams and wildlife. The vistas and settings are too beautiful to put into words.

This is a sacred part of the world that must be put on your globetrotting bucket list.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: 4 to 7 hours lodge riding and pack trip with a 1 hour lunch break. Lunch is packed each morning and carried in saddlebags with the rider.

breed of horses: Mixture of many different breeds from Quarter, Arab, Appaloosa, Paint, Draft and Thoroughbred.

pace: Lodge riding – walk, trot, canter. Pack trip – walk (some cantering).

riding ability: Lodge riding – intermediate to advanced. Pack trip – intermediate.

weight limit: maximum weight is 100kg (225 lbs)

accommodation: Lodge accommodation consists of cosy log cabins with ensuites and maid service daily. Packhorse trip tents & comfortable sleeping mat

seasons: Lodge Riding: Spring (June), Summer (July, August), Fall (September, October) Pack Trips: Summer (July, August)

group size: Lodge riding – 4 to 6 riders. Pack trip – minimum of 4, maximum of 10. *custom dates for group bookings available.

2017 departure dates:

Pack trips for 2017: July 16 to 23 (Potato Range), July 23 to 30 (Goat Camp), July 30 to August 6 (Potato Range), August 6 to 13 (Goat Camp), August 13 to 20 (Potato Range).

Lodge riding: All trips are from Sunday to Sunday starting June 11, 2016 and ending October 15, 2017.

ONE globetrotter is booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing July 23 to 30, 2017

SEVEN globetrotters are booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing September 3 to 10, 2017

Please note, the following dates for the Lodge Ride are SOLD OUT: July 9 to 16, July 16 to 23, August 6 to 13, September 3 to 10, September 10 to 17, October 8 to 15, October 15 to 22.

**Bear viewing season is from September 10 to October 22.

2017 ride prices:

7 night lodge riding package $3069 USD

7 night Goat Camp mountain pack trip $2659 USD

7 night Potato Range mountain pack trip $2659 USD

14 night Lodge & Goat Camp mountain pack trip $5319 USD

14 night Lodge & Potato Camp mountain pack trip $5319 USD

*Price includes all meals, accommodation and riding. Wine is included with dinner.

*Price also includes round-trip regional flight from Vancouver to Chilko Lake.

*Price excludes international flights and travel insurance.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.

Why is the price quoted in US dollars?

With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Regional return flights from Vancouver to Chilko Lake are included in the cost of your ride. The flight is approximately 2 hours. Please note, regional flight luggage limit is 18kg maximum.

Vancouver to Chilko: depart 9.30am (check in 40 minutes prior to departure)

Chilko to Vancouver: depart 11.30am and arrive around 2pm.

Please don’t book connecting flights from Vancouver on the final day before 4pm.

FURTHER READING & VIEWING:

To read a blog post about our experiences of this ride click here and to view a whimsical video click here.

Get to know your host and guide, Karen McLean, by reading a blog interview here.

Chances are you are going to be flying in and out of Vancouver and will have a day or two to spend in this magical city. Click here to read our blog post on what to do and where to eat.

Monique Hewett

"The trip to Chilko Lake, British Columbia, was an experience to tick off the bucket list. The horses were in good nick and the guides were knowledgeable and helpful at all times. The scenery is postcard perfect lakes, mountains and forests with the added bonus of black bears, grizzly bears and mule deer. I will definitely use globetrotting again."

Lodge Ride, British Columbia 28/07/2016

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